Press Releases

January 30, 2018 Press Release

Carol Boudreau announces retirement from Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus!

Carol Boudreau, the shelter operations manager at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus, and former executive director of the Door County Humane Society (DCHS), announced today that she is retiring in mid-February.

On January 1, 2018, DCHS officially became part of the larger WHS to ensure continued operations for the animals and families of Door County. At WHS’s request, Boudreau had agreed to stay in her leadership role through the immediate transition to provide continuity for staff and volunteers.

“We are grateful to Carol for her hard work in making the merger happen, and also for staying on during the last several weeks to ensure a smooth transition,” said Anne Reed, president & chief executive officer of WHS.

Now that the major challenges of the transition are complete, Boudreau is excited to return to personal projects that had been put aside when she first became the executive director of DCHS.

When Boudreau took over leadership of DCHS in 2015, the organization was facing significant challenges. Boudreau tackled financial problems and worked steadily with donors to reduce the mortgage balance. She worked alongside staff and volunteers, caring for about 750 animals each year.

Through this work, Boudreau saw a way to provide permanent stability for the work of DCHS. She led the negotiations for the organization to become part of WHS, resulting in sustainable support for Door County’s animals and families. The transaction resulted in no job losses for any staff, with greater job stability.

“The acquisition has already had a wonderful impact,” said Boudreau. “The shelter’s mortgage has been paid off, staff have attended training not previously possible, several animals have received behavioral and/or medical care unavailable before the acquisition, and improvements are being made to information technology and infrastructure.”

Boudreau’s last day will be February 9, but she has agreed to serve as an ongoing resource, if needed.

“I’m so thankful to the dedicated staff, board, and volunteers whom I’ve worked alongside these past few years,” said Boudreau. “I will miss everyone, but I can confidently retire at this point because I know that Door County’s animals and families are in good hands with the Wisconsin Humane Society.”


We wish Carol the absolute best moving forward!

For the official press release please visit:…/carol-boudreau-announces-retireme…

For more information on the Wisconsin Humane Society please visit:


January 23, 2018 Press Release 


Now that we are officially part of the Wisconsin Humane Society, we’re changing our name! After seeking input from staff, the board and others, we are becoming the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus to be consistent with the WHS shelters in Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Brown and Racine Counties. A consistent name is necessary to brand recognition and support for our work. We need that support to continue lifesaving services for the animals (and for all of the people who love them) in our area!

It will take some time to update marketing materials, the websites, signage and forms, as we plan to only re-order most merchandise and marketing materials once needed, in an effort to save on expenses. We appreciate your patience and support! The press release on the name change is here:

For more information about the two shelters becoming part of WHS, visit


December 4, 2017 Press Release 

We’re excited to share a major announcement: we are becoming part of the Wisconsin Humane Society, as early as the end of 2017!  DCHS was looking for a framework that would reliably sustain our operations into the future and ensure the continuation of animal sheltering and other services in the community.  The consolidation of our experience and resources will help animals for decades to come, strengthens all of us, and is a better return on investment for the community (that’s you!) that supports this critical work for animals.

We’ve worked with WHS in the past, and we can’t praise their work, or their staff, highly enough. WHS’s service area includes Milwaukee and Racine, two of the most challenging cities in the country, and yet WHS remains one of the strongest animal welfare organizations in the U.S.  The resources that they can bring to the region will strengthen our ability to help animals.   WHS is making a permanent commitment to fully and authentically join our community and serve the needs of its animals and families.  We would not have agreed to this change without that. We know that change is hard, but we ask you to welcome WHS with open arms. This is a big change, and big investment, for them, too.

Here’s a few important things to know: 1. In a coincidence of timing, Bay Area Humane Society has also just decided to become part of WHS! Despite our proximity to BAHS, there are no plans to merge our organizations, but it’ll be helpful to have another facility so close, 2. There are no layoffs or pay cuts on the agenda, and WHS is actually hiring more positions across their shelters to support this change, and 3. Every donor has the absolute ability to dictate where his or her money is used.

We know you may have a lot more questions, and you’ll find many answers, and press release, here:

In the meantime, please join us in welcoming WHS to our fabulous community of animal lovers!